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Pancreatic Insufficiency

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Signs and Symptoms

Pancreatic insufficiency usually presents with signs and symptoms of malabsorption, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, abdominal cramps, and weight loss (or, in children, an inability to gain weight) and is often associated with steatorrhea (loose, fatty, foul-smelling stools). Diabetes may also be present in adults with pancreatic insufficiency.

Laboratory evaluation is often necessary to diagnose pancreatic insufficiency because symptoms may not be evident or may be similar to those of other gastrointestinal disorders.

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